The Romeo Club
written by Rebekah L. Purdy
published by Swoon Romance
About the book – from Goodreads: THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.
What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone’s surprise, he actually lands her?
And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?
Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.
She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.
There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.
But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.
It’s all about the playlist
As most authors can tell you, it helps to have a great playlist when writing a new book (or editing a one). It kind of sets the mood/tone for certain scenes. You have your upbeat “fun” music for your regular or funny scenes. The love songs for those moments when your characters might be sharing a first kiss, or sizzling look with their crush. We have the sad songs for when the character(s) are going through a rough time or broken heart or someone close to them has died. And we have angsty/hardcore music to help get those fight scenes just right.
Sometimes it’s the beat of the music that pushes our scenes, other times it’s the perfect lyrics that help us get into the head of our characters. Either way music inspires and enables me to really mold a story.
For The Romeo Club, because it was such a fun, light, fluffy kind of story, I had a lot of pop music. And I have to say, that #17 on the list, was totally for C.C.’s character (LOL). So here’s my list:
- The Little Things by One Direction
- Hello-Goodbye by The Beatles
- Stranger by Secondhand Serenade
- Rumour Has It by Adele
- The Last Time by Gary Lightbody & Taylor Swift
- Hold You in My Arms by Ray Lamontagne
- Hung Up by Hot Chelle Rae
- Echo by Jason Walker
- My Sharona by The Knack
- I Should Go by Levi Kreis
- Between the Raindrops by Lifehouse
- Live While We’re Young by One Direction
- Kiss You by One Direction
- Last First Kiss by One Direction
- Say by One Republic
- The Mess I Made by Parachute
- Killer Queen by Queen
- A Drop in the Ocean by Ron Pope
- Your Call by Secondhand Serenade
- Pretend by Secondhand Serenade
- Goodbye by Secondhand Serenade
- Check Yes Juliet by We the Kings
- Romeo by Dolly Parton
- Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
About the author: Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…